Elmer proves it's never too late to come-of-age.
“The main message of Elmer’s journey, his ‘coming of age’ is one of hope for readers of any age. It’s never too late to follow one’s dreams. I can’t wait to see what Ms. Bitters writes next.” -Amazon Review
“At the age of seventy-eight, Elmer Heartland packed up his things, kissed his sleeping wife on the forehead, and left. For good.”
So begins the journey of Elmer, a man in his twilight years who has spent most of his life simply doing what he was told. After year upon year of empty conversations, meaningless actions, and endless Lions Club meetings, Elmer decides that he has had enough. He packs up a duffel bag, tip-toes into the night, and hops on the the 4 a.m train to the city of There.
As the train gathers speed and leaves his hometown in the dust, Elmer wonders where the road will take him and what adventures his new life has in store. He is ill-prepared for what will come next.
Elmer adventures across country, seeking personal meaning as he attempts to make peace with his past and grapple with his identity. Along the way, he encounters a quirky collection of people and places including two dueling soup kitchens, a pack of new-age collectivists, and a rainbow-colored meditation tower. Elmer’s tale shows us it’s never too late to come-of-age.
“A wonderful, artfully designed and beautifully written novel with thoughtful attention to detail. A quiet calmness fills the reader as we join Elmer on his unique experience in traveling to a place called “There.” I loved this book and can’t wait to read more from this author!” -Amazon Review
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Kate Bitters is a Minneapolis-based author and freelance writer. She is the author of Elmer Left, Ten Thousand Lines, and He Found Me. One of her proudest/nerdiest moments was when Neil Gaiman read one of her short stories on stage at the Fitzgerald Theater.